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Welcome to iHouse

    A Note from Current Residents:

    Mission statement:

    We are an MIT living group focused on international development, service, social justice, and the celebration of diversity in all of its forms. We welcome people from all over the world!

    The International Development House (iHouse), MIT’s only living-learning community, is comprised of 24 undergraduates who are passionate about making the world a better place through international development and local service. Although we come to MIT from various different backgrounds with wide ranging interests, we all share a desire to create a better quality of life for people around the world—one vision, one step, one project at a time. Public health, social justice, water sanitation and access, education, gender equality, disaster preparedness, human rights, environmental sustainability, economics, infrastructure, poverty reduction, and their related issues all belong under the umbrella that is iHouse. Concurrent with MIT’s motto of mind and hand (“mens et manus”), iHouse was established with the motto "mens, manus et cor" (mind, hand, and heart) in order to foster the next generation of global leaders solving international problems. By combining academics with service-based learning, mentorship opportunities, and leadership development skills, iHouse provides a collaborative community and the support network necessary for students to turn visions and goals into reality.


    iHouse is a family that is passionate about international development and service, and we are one of the most diverse living communities on campus. iHouse is MIT’s only living-learning community. We live together as a dorm, learn together about social justice and international development, and apply what we learn to improve the world around us. We also love to have fun! We love food, retreats, parties, birthdays, music, outings, events, clubs, and sports, and we're always open to more.

    We have a (casual) application process where we interview all potential residents who are considering living in iHouse. This is great news for you because it means that you get to meet us and learn about our community! 


    We are a Cook-for-Yourself Community, but many members also have meal plans.

    New House
    471-476 Memorial Drive
    Building W70
    Cambridge, MA 02139
    Tel. (617) 253-6561

    Visit the resident-managed website for more information about iHouse.  You can also check out the community's blog.  Questions about the community may be directed to resident leaders by emailing ihouse-presidents@mit.edu

    Facility Information

    Yes (Chocolate City all-male, Juniper all-female)
    Room Types
    Singles 46%; Doubles 54%
    Room Cost per Semester
    $7,315 - $6,530
    $35-95 (depending on the specific house)
    Dining Program
    Cook-for-Yourself Community
    Air Conditioning
    Shuttle Stop
    Pets Allowed
    no pets (except fish)
    Style of Building
    suite/corridor style

      From the Residents

      Video, photos and quotes from real MIT residents.

      New House Living Groups

      All six physical houses are connected by the "arcade" on the first floor of the building. In addition, houses 1, 2, 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 are connected diagonally on the second through fifth floors. 

      The rooms in these six physical houses are divided into nine living groups, which, to make things confusing on purpose, are also called "houses”. New House is split into 9 different living groups: 5 cultural houses and 4 numbered houses. Click to learn more!